Franchise Spotlight: Auto Retail
Here is your guide to auto retail franchises - an enormous and resilient market providing parts, tools and maintenance services.
Auto retail franchises sell automotive tools, parts
The proportion of motorists with the time and know how to repair their own car or van is small and dwindling as vehicles grow more complex and
Many automotive retail franchises generate custom both from motorists who want to fit parts themselves and those lacking the time, skills and inclination.
- This is an enormous and resilient market: more than 37 million active UK vehicles – all requiring periodic maintenance by law
- Auto retail franchises sell automotive tools, parts
andaccessories plus often provide fitting/maintenance/repair services
- Some are generalists, providing a wide range of parts and services; others
specialisein niches like tyrefitting or professional automotive tools
All 37 million vehicles on UK roads must undergo annual MOTs – 40% of which fail – and ideally should be serviced every 12,000 miles or 12 months. A typical car comprises of around 30,000 parts and the cost of repair or replacement can run into hundreds or even thousands of pounds.
So, all in all, it’s a lucrative market and for many people, especially those with disabilities or who live in rural areas, a car is a necessity
Is an auto retail franchise for me?
An interest in cars or the automotive sector should stand you in good stead. Nevertheless, direct experience working in the trade isn’t necessarily a must.
Some combination of retail, sales/marketing, customer service
The structure of auto retail franchises
Some franchises provide a wide range of services, from servicing and MOTs to fitting bulbs and batteries.
Automotive parts and maintenance are expensive and bewildering with consumers often fearful about getting ripped off. Offering a
They also have the scale and budgets to invest heavily in online advertising and stock a wider range of parts than an independent business.
What are your options?
Operating in the UK since 1965, Snap-on sells automotive tools to professional users through a 430-strong franchise network across the UK and Ireland.
P1 Speedyfit fits
Cool Car provides car air conditioning services to both the general public and businesses, including trade, local garages
Franchisees need no premises – engineers travel to customers at their home or workplace – and benefit from online advertising worth thousands of pounds a month and discounted prices at its parts store
It’s a seasonal business, meaning long hours and weekend work during the summer, but plenty of time off the rest of the year – especially during winter months.
From a potential market of 152 million alloy wheels in the UK, the Wheel Specialist says its network receives hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of quotes for alloy wheel installations a month.
It promises your own exclusive territory, preferred suppliers sourced at preferential rates, leads delivered “while you sleep”, sales and marketing support, a bespoke training system and the benefits of in-house research and development.
The auto retail sector offers a